I never thought I’d see the answer to the question:
“What would happen if Ayn Rand’s philosophy governed a nation?”
Rand’s philosophy is very popular among the multi-millionaires and billionaires for a reason.
They may not follow her as a purist might but a bastardization of her ideas can be used to justify certain actions that might otherwise be unthinkable using other philosophies.
You’re likely a purist and I respect that.
I thinking in terms of how people are using her though.
One thing about her ideas is that they’re not immoral: they’re amoral.
Amoral is neither bad nor good in itself.
But amoral can become immoral or moral depending on who is wielding it.
First of all: We can’t return. Once an influence has taken root, it stays in some form.
The meme puts things in a polar context but I’m not anti-capitalism *when* mitigated by a social safety net.
Some of enlightenment values were just plain “bad science”.
Good for their time but we know more now.
Can “pure reason” exist among humans?
We know better now.
I could never get System Shock to work on my computer. I had a Tandy 1000 TL. – a 286. I mean, it worked…. but… well, ok I’ll be honest: it didn’t make sense to m
If you’re going to use a metaphor, don’t stop short.
A tree is not a two-dimensional object and neither are these issues you’re comparing to a tree. If we don’t look within the tree / within the metaphor, we can miss things by oversimplifying.
But you made a good start.